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NJ Labor Unions Urge State to Recoup Health-Insurer Funds, Delay Premium Vote

  • Payments to Horizon for care navigation are in dispute
  • Public-sector workers plan rally in Trenton next week
   

   

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Unions representing hundreds of thousands of New Jersey public workers urged the state to recoup controversial payments to its health insurance provider and delay a vote planned for next week on whether to increase their premium costs.

The vote could raise premiums in the New Jersey plan more than 20%, and unions are calling on the state to claw back money it paid to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for a cost-saving program that’s become the center of a contract dispute.